May 4, 2015

Plastic Challenge: Nichole, Week 1

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Im not aware of any plastic free shopping centers for meat in my area. I also wanted to know if these stores tend to be cheaper or more expensive.

Location:  Antioch, CA, United States

Name: Nichole

Week: 1

Personal Info:

Im a working mom with four children ages 7, 9, 13, and 16.

List of plastic items REFUSED this week. (Yay!)

Plastic bags at the grocery store.

Total items collected: 12

Total weight:

Items: Recyclable

7 Water bottles 3pvc, 1hawaiian punch container 1Pet, 1Gatorade bottle 4 IIDPE, oil container 1pet, and a plastic cerial bag im not sure of the code, coffee container no number.

Items: Nonrecyclable

Plastic cereal bag

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?

I could use an alternative for my water, and buy my cereal in bulk with reusable containers, and buy juice in glass bottles.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?

Im not really sure.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?

Shampoo and conditioner, milk, medications.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?

I need to stop looking for the quikest easiest way and plan out my meals in advance to help me eliminate some plastic waste.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?

Water bottles.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

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